CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW KITTEN!
Do you have a new kitten? Congratulations on this wonderful addition to your family! It is an exciting occasion for you and your family. When you bring your kitten home, it is time to bring your kitten in for a visit with Dr. Noel, who will provide the care that your kitten needs to grow up healthy and strong. Kitten visits are an excellent way to get your new pet started on the road to a happy and healthy life. Dr. Noel would like to take these important first steps together with you and your kitten.
Our comprehensive kitten exam will allow Dr. Noel to detect for any signs of illness to make sure that your new kitten is in good health. She will answer all of your questions about behavior, nutrition, vaccinations, grooming, parasite protection, and overall health.
When you pick up your kitten, remember to ask what and when he or she was fed. Replicate that schedule until your first kitten visit with us.
Please call today to schedule an appointment for us to meet your new kitten!
Vaccinating your pet keeps your kitten healthy by preventing serious diseases. Kittens have different lifestyles and need to be given individual attention and consideration at vaccination time. At South Arbor Animal Hospital, vaccine programs are tailored individually for each pet.
We offer a unique wellness plan that makes it a little easier to keep your kitten healthy. Enroll your kitten in our Free Vaccines for Life program and every year they come in for their wellness exam – any vaccines they need are FREE! For more details, please see our “Free for Life Vaccination Program” page.
Parasite Protection is Important for Your Kitten
Kitten wellness visits also present an opportunity to discuss the best plan for parasite testing, treatment, and prevention. Dr. Noel and other staff members are well-educated about veterinary vaccines and parasite control, and our goal is to give you the best advice for your kitten.
Good Kitten Behavior Ensures a Good Fit With Your Family
Dr. Noel has a special interest in your kitten’s good behavior and in helping new kittens adjust well into their new home. She can offer tips for introducing your new kitten to other pets in your home, children and other family members. Even if you are a very experienced pet owner and have had kittens before, each pet is unique! She welcomes your behavior questions and looks forward to addressing any behavior questions you may have. The more educated you are about your pet, the better you will be able to care for him or her, so she strives to offer you all the support you need.
What to Bring With You For Your Kitten’s First Exam
We ask that you bring the health information provided to you by the seller or shelter, which should include a previous history of vaccines and deworming, as well as a fresh stool sample. And don’t forget your new kitten in a carrier!
Getting Your Kitten to Us
The best way to bring your kitten to us is in an inexpensive, hard sided carrier that opens from the top and from the side. An easily opened top allows a kitten which is fearful, anxious or in pain to stay in the bottom half of the carrier for exams. Please avoid a carrier that requires a kitten to be pulled or dumped from the carrier for his or her exam. It should be easy for you to carry and should be seat belted into the car to keep your kitten safe. Ask Dr. Noel how to help your cat become comfortable with the carrier.
Signs that Your Kitten Needs Immediate Care:
Please also be alert to the following symptoms, as they are signs that your kitten needs immediate care:
- Any respiratory problems, such as coughing, trouble breathing
- Multiple episodes of vomiting or diarrhea
- Allergic reactions, such as swelling around the face, or hives, most easily seen on the belly
- Any eye injury, no matter how mild
- Seizure, fainting, or collapse
- Thermal Stress, either too cold or too hot, even if the dog seems to have recovered
- Trauma received from any incident, even if the dog does not appear to have been physically harmed